Quentin Bickle BA MSc PhD

Reader in Parasitology


After graduating with a degree in Zoology an interest in insects led to the MSc in Medical Parasitology at LSHTM. Learning about the parasites themselves resulted in a particular focus on schistosomes. Encouraged by Professor George Nelson (the Head of the Helminthology Department at the time) he joined Martin Taylor at Winches farm, the field station of LSHTM in St Albans, to work on mechanisms of irradiated vaccine-induced immunity against schistosomes, completing a London University PhD, further postdoctoral studies and an MSc in Applied Immunology at Brunel University. During subsequent employment at the field station he spent time at the National Insitute for Medical Research in London working on schistosome molecular biology and took a year sabbatical at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne working on malaria antigen genes. On his return he moved to the Keppel Street site of LSHTM.




Current major focus is on drug discovery for new anthelmintic drugs based on novel techniques developed at LSHTM, notably an automated, whole-organism, High-throughput screen (HTS) using High Content imaging for activity against schistosomes. This allows HT screening of very large compound collections provided by pharma and academia. Through collaboration with medicinal chemists the aim is to develop new clinical candidates for schistosomiasis and to extend use of the technology for screening against other helminth species.

Research areas

  • Drug discovery and development
  • Helminths
  • Parasites
  • Vaccines


  • Immunology
  • Immunopathology
  • Molecular biology
  • Parasitology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Schistosomiasis


  • Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Other interests

  • Intestinal Nematodes
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